Cooley Master Class, an Irish Sport Horse ridden by Oliver Townend (GBR) made history by winning the first ever CCI5* title at the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky three day event (April 25-29), making this their second consecutive year winning this coveted title.
Cooley Master Class (ISH) was bred in Co. Wicklow by John Hagan, the bay gelding being by the late Belgian warmblood stallion Ramiro B (BWP) out of The Swallow (ISH) by Master Imp (TB). Cooley Master Class (ISH) started his competition career as a four-year-old showjumping with Cathal McMunn, and was subsequently produced as a five-year-old by Steven Smith, before being sourced by Richard Sheane from Cooley Farm. The Irish Sport Horse studbook would like to congratulate his breeder John Hagan and all those who produced him to these historic wins.
At Kentucky, with one pole separating the top three riders on the final day of the event, Tim Price (NZL) with Xavier Faer lying in third place made a superb clear round as did Boyd Martin (USA) with Tsetserleg, giving Oliver Townend the pressure ride. However, Townend and Cooley Master Class (ISH) maintained their skill and composure to deliver a faultless round which then denied Martin the opportunity for a home victory. Cooley Master Class (ISH) and Townend made history by being the first back-to-back winners of the Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event title, at the first ever five-star running of this event.
Speaking after the event, Townend said: "I am so proud, I can’t say what this means. It’s a huge team effort, it hasn’t been an easy journey but we always believed in him and the horse is pure class – it was just my job to press the buttons at the right time and he delivered again."
A delighted Richard Sheane from Cooley Farm said today; “He is a horse I always believed in and we were delighted when he went to Oliver Townend where we knew he would be produced to show his true colours. I think it’s important to reflect on his breeding as he is out of a very high blood percentage dam in The Swallow (88% TB) and by the very successful continental eventing sire Ramiro B. I think if we can breed from high Thoroughbred percentage Irish mares in this way we will continue producing these successful top-class quality horses. It was wonderful that he won the first ever FEI5* event in such style.”